Yard sales have been an inexpensive source for clothing, furniture and a variety of whatchamacallits for years. No matter whether you’re a crafter, looking for a new wardrobe, or decorating a new home, check out your local yard sales before getting out the checkbook. To get the most out of your “yard saling” adventure, get prepared with a yard sale necessity pack. You can use a tote bag, back pack or some other carrying case to keep all these essentials within easy reach, and better yet, you will be ready for swooping in and grabbing the best deals.
Think about it. You will be in a car or outside in the wind and sun. If this isn’t the way you spend most other days, chances are you will need relief from some ache or pain sooner or later. If not, at least you have the peace of mind, knowing it is available if needed.
OTC pain relievers-Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen…
Allergy medication-Not everyone will need this, but if you are prone to allergies, the wind and dust may aggravate them.
Wet wipes, hand sanitizer and tissues
Nail clippers and a file
You’re probably thinking that money is all you need, but there are a few steps that should be addressed before leaving home.
Cash-Take small bills. Nothing kills future bargains faster than pulling out a twenty dollar bill to pay for a five dollar purchase. It’s also good etiquette. Small bills essentially provide the seller with the needed change they may need, especially early in the day. Leave the checkbook at home. Most places won’t take a personal check anyway.
Information Notebook-Record the clothing sizes of everyone you may be shopping for. If you are looking for furniture, bedding or window treatments, measure and record the sizes needed. While you’re at it, measure door frames, hallways and stairs to ensure your new purchases will be able to pass through them. Nobody wants to buy a couch, then get home and find out you can’t even get it in the house. Make a wish list. Just like it implies, this list is for things you need or want. Include as many details as possible. You may or may not find the things on the list, but it’s great to have if you need to reference it.
Eats and Drinks:
Water and snacks-Pack water bottles and snacks you can eat while in the car. Hard candies are also nice for preventing your mouth from going dry. The way I justify these few extra calories is, you can’t dicker and barter if your tongue can’t move. Oh who am I kidding? I usually pack a candy bar or cookies for an afternoon snack. I figure by then I have earned them.
Lunch-Freeze a couple of water bottles to use as your ice packs in a small cooler. Add your lunch of choice. By the time lunch rolls around, the water bottles will have melted enough to wash it all down.
Measuring tapes-Pack a metal utility tape for measuring furniture or large items, and a sewing measuring tape to measure clothes, linens or items that are round.
Gloves-Gloves are particularly handy (no pun intended) for protecting your hands when loading heavy objects.
Scissors, twine and blankets-Just a few things that will help prepare and protect your purchases for the ride home.
Now, you may not actually use all of these items every time you spend a Saturday going to yard sales, but you will be glad you took the time to pack them if the need arises.